Wedding comedies have practically become a film genre all of their own.
From Four Weddings And A Funeral to Bridesmaids, audiences have been rolling in aisles over people walking down the aisle for years.
A Few Best Men is a wedding comedy with culture-clash twist. British lads Graham, Tom and Luke accompany their best mate David to Australia, where he’s planning to tie the knot with an Aussie girl he fell in love with on holiday.
The trio are probably the worst people anyone would want to be representing them on their big day, but orphan David doesn’t really have a choice.
Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop play brash, reckless Tom and uptight, geeky Graham.
In real life, the pair are old friends and, though they joke that they hated living together in Australia while filming, it was clearly as fun as the film looks.
“I think they regretted it in the long run because it was basically me and Kris living together in Bondi beach”, says Bishop, smirking.
They’re very different from their characters, though. Marshall seems quiet, and even manages to be serious at times, sitting arms folded and peering through thick-rimmed spectacles.
Bishop, with blonde streaks in his hair, shows off his dark tan in lurid shorts, sitting confidently with his legs wide apart.
They both agree it’s easy to make weddings funny.
“It’s a high-pressure situation”, muses Marshall. “It’s one of those things like funerals, weddings...”
“Bar mitzvahs!” Bishop butts in.
“All your friends are there, all your family”, Marshall goes on. “Everything’s got to go right, nothing can go wrong. And one thing you can’t control is the groom’s mates.”
A Few Best Men, written by Death At A Funeral’s Dean Craig, combines the humour of the two cultures, while paying homage to the beautiful Australian landscape.
Things start to go wrong for the jet-lagged lads not long after they touch down. But the disasters that ensue are by no means predictable.
The father-of-the-bride is an ambitious politician whose pet sheep has become his lucky mascot. After taking the groom out drinking on his last night of freedom, the friends wake up on the day of the wedding to discover they have kidnapped Ramsay.
Things don’t get any better when he eats something that they really need to get back in a hurry. Marshall and Bishop had to get extremely intimate with the beast as they try and wrestle it back.
“There were two rams,” explains Bishop.
“One was a homicidal maniac and we never used him again because he tried to kill us all in the rehearsal. But there was another one, who was also a little bit crazy.”
There was a sheep trainer on hand to control the animals, but there wasn’t really much advice he could give in regard to straddling it naked and sticking a hand up its behind.